April 18, 2018
NAPA, Calif. – Every day, countless residents and tourists meander through the streets of downtown Napa often pausing to peer up at the historic Goodman Library.
Built in 1901, the Goodman Library, located at 1219 First St., is the longest continuously operating library in California. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places on Jan. 21, 1974 and is home to the Napa County Historical Society, which operates a non-circulating research library that is open to the public.
After the 5,433-square-foot Goodman Library was severely damaged during the 2014 Napa earthquake, questions regarding the historic library’s future swirled throughout the city.
In April 2017, Alten Construction, a full-service San Francisco Bay Area commercial construction company, began repairing the Goodman Library, which had yellow-tagged, deeming only a small office area in the back usable.
Alten Construction completed the more than $1.7 million restoration project in December 2017. The commercial construction company was awarded for its efforts when the Goodman Library was awarded the Historical Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Northern California Chapter for its restoration.
The City of Napa Public Works Department nominated the Historic Goodman Library Earthquake Repair Project in the Historic Projects less than $5 million category. During the APWA awards luncheon, the City of Napa, Alten Construction and the design team, Napa Design Partners and ZFA Structural Engineers, was awarded Project of the Year in the nominated category.
The project will now be nominated for the National APWA Project of the Year award, with the winner announced later this year.
“This project was a labor of love for our team and our partners,” says Bob Alten, president and CEO of Alten Construction. “We were honored to be a part of the restoration process for this beautiful historical building and couldn’t be happier with the outcome for the Napa community.”
During the more than $1.7 million restoration project, Alten Construction and Rainbow Waterproofing and Restoration Co. disassembled and reconstructed a partially collapsed stone entry tower and damaged areas of the structural stone walls. The team also repaired and replaced cracked and dislodged wall stones. The project included the fabrication and installation of a steel frame structure secured inside the rebuilt tower.